Is my small business a target for hackers? Absolutely!

Cyber security is a popular topic right now. It seems, no matter what you read about small business and cyber security, two questions tend to rise to the top.
I’m just a small business, I can’t possibly be of interest to a hacker. They just want to break into the big companies right?
The fact is, while hackers certainly would love to take down a large corporation or a government site, they can “earn” just as much money with much less effort by stringing together a series of small business hacks.You may not store the volume of data a major retailer archives daily but, your data is just as valuable on the dark web and it most likely doesn’t have sophisticated security protecting it. So, don’t assume that because you are small, you are overlooked. You may just be exactly the type of target a hacker is looking to exploit.
OK, so you’ve scared me into doing something to protect my small business, what is the first thing I should do?
In a word, education.  You should educate yourself (the owner) on what the vulnerabilities are within your company. When you start this process, you will have a tendency to focus on hardware, software and network access. These are all a very important part of the picture but any cyber security expert will tell you, the weakest link in any defensive strategy is the human. Learn what you should and should not be doing online. Figure out where you are most likely to face a possible attack and make sure the employee(s) on the front lines understand how to identify a threat and avoid enabling the attack.  Train yourself and your staff how to identify malware, phishing and spoofing. (If you don’t know what these are, that is a bad sign!)  Continue to train and monitor your behaviors and don’t let up. Hackers never take a day off and they are extremely creative.
There are so many topics surrounding cyber security and protecting your business. These two items don’t even scratch the surface but, they are a good place to start

The founder of Small Business Right, Earl has owned multiple small ventures. He has experience in retail/wholesale, ecommerce, business technology, cybersecurity, business operations, mentoring and all-things small business. Over two decades of entrepreneurial experience has allowed many opportunities to share and learn about business operations in many industries and assist businesses from idea validation to succession.

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